Wet Wood by awefaul

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For me one of the fascinating things about HDR is that the original sometimes shows little of what is hidden in the 16 bits per channels after the tone mapping in Photomatix. I had a lot of fun making it wetter and wetter in CS4 to just before the point where I had to dry the screen with a paper towel. I happen to be at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town for this picture but you can try this at home in any country.

Featured in Feature Marathon Page of #1 Artists of RedBubble , 07/07/10

Top 10 in Something brown challenge of The Power of Simplicity challenge , 09/07/10

For comparison I include the original of the three exposures.


abstract, cape town, hdr, photomatix, reflections, vawaterfront

Digital photography is doing for photography what the piano did for keyboard music. You can still play music composed for the harpsichord on the piano but not the other way around.

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 4 years ago

    honestly, Faul … this is an amazing experiment!!!!!!! LOVE it!!!

  • Thanks a lot Lois! I know you wouldn’t lie to me.

    – awefaul

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelabout 4 years ago

    You are so good at these types of shots! This is brilliant! Think the next challenge will be a brown one!

  • Thank you very much. I will look out for the challenge.

    – awefaul

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonabout 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic illustration of HDR…thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you. Now that I have practised a bit it is perhaps the time to work with the manual again.

    – awefaul

  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smithabout 4 years ago

    You have really brought out the ‘wetness’ in this image. Lol. Looking good.

  • Thank you so much. I was surprised myself about how much wetness was in the picture.

    – awefaul

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 4 years ago

    Hopefully you got that screen dried off… :) Great work!

  • Yes it did, but I have to keep the tissues handy for when it gets damp after I look at the kind comments like yours.

    – awefaul

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you Barbara, it is playing all the way.

    – awefaul

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 4 years ago

    fantastic image! A beautiful use of HDR :))

  • Thanks a lot. So it is settled then, I have enhanced the original. (Just for fun: The Thesaurus give improve, augment, add to, develop and boost as alternatives for enhance. For manipulate it is: manoeuvre, control and stage-manage) I like the idea of staging a photograph because it implies fantasy and fiction.

    – awefaul

  • Elizabeth McPhee
    Elizabeth McPheeabout 4 years ago

    I’m amazed at how you’ve enhanced the original. HDR doesn’t appeal to me very much – yet – but using it this way is opening my eyes to it’s possibilities. You must be having a bit of rain over there! I was playing around with a shot like this recently but wasn’t really satisfied with it. Yours is great! I like the composition with those three strong diagonals.

  • I worked with a HDR manual (not just Photomatix) and I am thinking of reading it again now that I have some practise. It makes things that I would have ignored before visible . Very exciting.

    – awefaul

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 4 years ago

    Great picture – sometimes the simplest things – -

  • SeeOneSoul
    SeeOneSoulabout 4 years ago

    brilliant! … seriously – I mean the fun you had with it, the description you’re giving and the result ;) love it!

  • Did you look closely at the picture of my avatar? Seriously, that’s my expression (minus a beard) while I am in my playground. Glad you can enjoy it too.

    – awefaul

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